Comparative Literature | 20th Century: Tradition and Change
C337 | 14620 | Prof. Miryam Segal


TR  1:00-2:15
*class carries A&H and CS credit*

This course examines literary creativity of the twentieth century from
a number of perspectives: modernist innovations in the novel, the
supposed disintegration of the story in post-modern narrative fiction,
the modern essay, and through brief forays into film and the graphic
novel, arguably quintessentially twentieth-century genres. We will
explore questions of genre, point of view, plot vs. narrative, poetic
language, history and memory with an eye towards the myriad ways in
which artists and writers have engaged with  tradition—literary,
religious, artistic. In addition to discussing literary innovation in
the 20th century, we will also engage with criticism’s attempts to
account for new forms, styles, and experimentation as well as
literature and criticism’s responses to trauma and historical events
of the 20th century.

Works by Agnon, Didion, Kafka, Millay, Nabokov, Rushdie, Ozick,
Picasso, Plath, Ponge, Roth, Spiegelman, Tykwer, Woolf, Yeats.